Currently, the tube is primarily used in the exercise industry, sold under the name Body Bar Flex. The product is used to improve balance, flexibility and resistance training. Brown compares his product to Bowflex bars, which are comprised of solid-extruded Nylon. He believes that added pultruded fiberglass results in greater bending stiffness. “I also noticed that it would bend around the major axis wherever your hand is positioned, which makes it friendly for a customer to use because they can place their hands anywhere and the tube is tough,” he says.

Though workouts were the initial focus of the product, Brown is trying to diversify into a variety of markets. He believes his product could be used for such applications as flag poles, walking sticks, rake handles and fence posts. “I have opportunities to consult with companies, and I always look for somewhere to think outside the box,” he says.